the American Thoracic Society (ATS) Board of Directors have decided to cancel the International Conference, originally scheduled for May 15-20, 2020 in Philadelphia, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing public health crisis currently facing the global community.

A Message from ATS Leadership

Coronaviruses are enveloped RNA viruses that are spherical in shape and characterized by crown-like spikes on the surface under an electron microscope, hence the name. This type of virus can be further divided into four subgroups: alpha, beta, gamma, and delta. There are seven human coronavirus strains, including two alpha coronaviruses (HCov-229E and HCoV-NL63), two beta coronaviruses (HCov-HKU1 and HCov-OC43), MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV, and the newly discovered SARS-CoV-2. Coronaviruses are major pathogens in both humans and other animals.

– Information from Taiwan Centers for Disease Control-

The research and development focus of Taipei Medical University in recent years includes cancer research, nerve injury and regeneration research and translational medical research. This year, it has added a thoracic medical research section, hoping to further promote the importance of thoracic medicine in Taiwan. The Thoracic Medicine Research Center consists of seven research teams, including asthma, sleep medicine, lung cancer, chronic respiratory tract, tuberculosis, critical care medicine and interventional bronchoscopy, to conduct comprehensive thoracic medical research.

TMU was established in 1960 and our endeavours along the way transformed TMU from a college with only 3 sheet metal houses and schools (School of Medicine, School of Dentistry, School of Pharmacy) into a university comprised of 11 colleges, 1 center, 15 schools, 43 graduate institutes, and 7 affiliated hospitals. In the past 60 years, TMU was able to strive under challenging circumstances and underwent the process of transformation which made us rise like a phoenix. Continuous improvements in infrastructure constructions and softwares won unanimous recognition in domestic and international accreditations and led us to a great leap in world university rankings.


This year, the center signed a research MOU with the University of London in the United Kingdom. The content includes details about future research exchanges and cooperation and mutual visits by R & D personnel.